Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Alcuin: Theology and Thought

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Alcuin: Theology and Thought

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Alcuin: Theology and Thought. By Douglas Dales (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2013, Pp. 357. $40.00); Alcuin: His Life and Legacy. By Douglas Dales (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2012, Pp. 226. $40.00.)

These two books are about the person who was the greatest scholar and theologian of the later Anglo-Saxon period since Bede were written by the former chaplain of Marlborough College in Wiltshire, who now serves as a parish priest in the Diocese of Oxford. They are superbly written and really complement each other without their content overlapping. From the outset, the author makes it clear that Alcuin's model was Bede, and that for both of them the model was Gregory the Great. Alcuin's spiritual home was always York, even though he died at Tours (804).

Other themes of interest include the short-lived archbishopric of Lichfield, descriptions of the home shared by both Alcuin and Bede at Monkwearmouth-Jarrow, the temporary reversion in much of western Europe to iconoclasm, the theological debates over adoptionism, and still other debates over the ecumenicity of the second Nicene Council and the veneration of images. …

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